Bioengineering, Ph.D.

Break boundaries at the intersection of biology, medicine and engineering.

Bioengineering, Ph.D.

Break boundaries at the intersection of biology, medicine and engineering.

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Combine advanced training in engineering with a focus on biological and medical sciences. The flexible curriculum allows students to select their own graduate coursework in order to focus on specific concentrations in biomedical sciences and bioengineering. Students can conduct cutting-edge basic, translational, and computational research with faculty whose labs are in Bioengineering, Penn Vet, Penn Dental, the School of Arts & Sciences, and Penn Medicine. At Penn, you’ll prepare for a distinguished career in biotech research and development, medical technologies, startup ventures, or academia.

Sample Undergraduate Majors*

  • Bio/Biomedical Engineering
  • Biological Sciences and related areas (e.g. Biology, Chemistry)
  • Mechanical or Chemical Engineering

*This is not an exhaustive list. If you have questions about whether your major will meet our requirements, please consult the program coordinator.

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Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, Ph.D.

Pioneer life-changing discoveries in energy, science and medicine.

Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, Ph.D.

Pioneer life-changing discoveries in energy, science and medicine.

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From stochastic simulation for blood systems biology to degradable polymersomes that shrink tumors, Penn Engineers are breaking new ground and making the world a better place. The Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering is at the cutting edge of research in fields such as energy and sustainability, soft matter and interfacial phenomena, molecular and cellular biology, data science and machine learning, transport phenomena and process design. In our interdisciplinary environment, you’ll make new discoveries and prepare for a career in academia, government or industry.

Sample Undergraduate Majors*

  • Chemical Engineering
  • Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
  • Chemistry

*This is not an exhaustive list. If you have questions about whether your major will meet our requirements, please consult the program coordinator.

Computer and Information Science, Ph.D.

Shape the future of the tech revolution.

Computer and Information Science, Ph.D.

Shape the future of the tech revolution.

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Join today’s most vibrant sector. Penn researchers make breakthroughs in fields ranging from data science to human-computer interactions, and they translate their innovative ideas into world-changing startups and products. Our work is influencing products at big tech companies, and we’re defining the research agenda in understanding natural language, uncovering security vulnerabilities, optimizing software systems and other fields. Research opportunities span a wide range of theoretical and application topics including algorithms, bioinformatics, databases, graphics, machine learning, programming languages, robotics, security, software engineering, systems, vision, as well as interdisciplinary collaborations with fields such as biology, electrical engineering, genetics, linguistics, and mathematics.

Sample Undergraduate Majors*

  • Computer Science
  • Computer Engineering
  • Strong quantitative major (e.g. Statistics, Mathematics, Artificial Intelligence, Data Science)

*This is not an exhaustive list. If you have questions about whether your major will meet our requirements, please consult the program coordinator.

Electrical and Systems Engineering, Ph.D.

Apply electrical and systems theory to improve the human condition.

Electrical and Systems Engineering, Ph.D.

Apply electrical and systems theory to improve the human condition.

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Electrical engineers apply circuits and systems theory and physics to the design of physical, biological, and socio-technical artifacts. We create the interfaces between the physical/biological world and digital machines. We’re at the forefront of research and application in areas including quantum engineering, VLSI circuits and chips, robotics, SWARM, nanotechnologies, cyber-physical and embedded systems, microelectromechanical systems and sensors, electromagnetics, photonics, wireless devices and networks, prosthetic devices, and human-machine interfaces. Join us to keep pushing the boundaries so we can solve the problems of tomorrow.

Sample Undergraduate Majors*

  • Electrical Engineering
  • Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • Physics
  • Communications / Transportation/ Telecommunications
  • Automation
  • Computer Science

*This is not an exhaustive list. If you have questions about whether your major will meet our requirements, please consult the program coordinator.

Materials Science and Engineering, Ph.D.

Transform the way materials are created and used.

Materials Science and Engineering, Ph.D.

Transform the way materials are created and used.

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Create innovative materials to shape the future. Penn researchers are using innovative building blocks to create real solutions for problems in energy, the health sciences, polymers and more. At Penn, you’ll prepare to have an impact on everything from electronics and communications to medicine, transportation, manufacturing and the environment.

Sample Undergraduate Majors*

  • Materials Science and Engineering
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
  • Polymer Science; Polymer Engineering
  • Chemistry
  • Applied Chemistry/Physics
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Bioengineering
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Energy Science and Engineering

*This is not an exhaustive list. If you have questions about whether your major will meet our requirements, please consult the program coordinator.

Research Areas

  • Computational Materials Science
  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Microscopies and Scattering
  • Materials for Energy
  • Materials for Health Science
  • Structural Materials
  • Sustainable Materials
  • Polymers and Soft Matter

Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mechanics, Ph.D.

Investigate the workings of the mechanical universe.

Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mechanics, Ph.D.

Investigate the workings of the mechanical universe.

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Combine science with math to design cutting-edge solutions to problems in biomechanics, fluid mechanics, nanomechanics and more. At Penn, you’ll explore everything from practical applications to fundamental mechanical questions and prepare for a career in industry, government or research

Sample Undergraduate Majors*

  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Energy and Power Engineering
  • Automotive Engineering
  • Civil Engineering
  • Industrial Engineering

*This is not an exhaustive list. If you have questions about whether your major will meet our requirements, please consult the program coordinator.

Timeline

  • 15SepApplication opens for 2024

  • 15Dec2024 Application deadline

  • 15AprAdmissions decisions released**Release Update: Decisions are released on a rolling basis. Applicants can expect a decision by April 15.

Funding Your Education

Ph.D. students typically receive funding to cover tuition and fees, living expenses and health insurance. Additional financial resources may also be available.

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